Alan has become an advocate for peace since losing his wife and father-in-law in a bomb that occurred in Belfast during the early nineties. Here, McBride discusses his own journey through the ‘Troubles’, the optimism that followed the signing of the Good Friday accords, and the proposed Bill of Rights in Northern Ireland. In this process, dealing with the past and building a shared future have been central parts of his work.

Alan McBride is Centre Co-ordinator at the WAVE Trauma Centre in Belfast, (a cross community victims/survivors organization). In addition to this, he also sits on the Board of Healing Through Remembering and is chair of the HTR initiative on developing a Living Memorial Museum to the ‘Troubles’. He has served as a Commissioner with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission since September 2011 and has a special interest on issues relating with transitional justice.